Indian multinational company Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has established the country’s first private-sector Armoured Systems Complex (ASC) facility at its Hazira Complex site in the state of Gujarat.

Inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the ASC facility is spread over 40 acres within L&T’s 755-acre Hazira Manufacturing Complex.

The facility is equipped with ‘high-end’ machinery and automation aids, feeder shops, and complete mobility test tracks to carry out acceptance and qualification tests of armoured vehicles.

According to L&T, the ASC will be used to build and perform integration activities on self-propelled artillery howitzers, future infantry combat vehicles (FICV), future-ready combat vehicles (FRCV) or future main battle tanks.

It is L&T Defence’s tenth manufacturing unit and seventh new complex opened for defence production.

L&T CEO and MD SN Subrahmanyan said: “It is our endeavour to deliver advanced armoured platforms to suit requirements of the Indian Army and this facility will further the company’s vision to be the leader across defence segments where our presence exists.

“L&T’s Armoured Systems Complex has already begun rolling out the ‘K-9 VajraT’ howitzers ahead of schedule to the Indian Army.”

“L&T has been supplying critical high technology equipment to the Indian Navy from Hazira and the ASC will now, in addition, address the needs of the Indian Army and friendly nations to whom Government of India promotes defence manufacturing partnership.”

Currently, L&T Defence’s Hazira site is involved in the construction of submarine hulls, special alloys forgings for defence applications, as well as specific platform based equipment and subsystems.

The ASC is supporting the Indian Army’s K9 Vajra-T 155mm / 52 calibre tracked, self-propelled howitzer guns programme.

L&T senior EVP (defence) and board member JD Patil said: “L&T’s Armoured Systems Complex has already begun rolling out the prestigious ‘K-9 VajraT’ howitzers ahead of schedule to the Indian Army.”

Under a transfer of technology agreement with South Korean Hanwha, L&T is delivering the K9 Vajra-T howitzer programme that includes the supply of 100 systems in 42 months along with other related accessories.